Pine Creek truck inspections finds all manner of issues
A JOINT Heavy Vehicle Taskforce operation held over the past week at Pine Creek threw up some concerning results.
Most disturbing to the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Roads and Maritime Officers who staged Operation Impact was the logging truck that had its speed limiter allegedly tampered with to allow it to travel at 142kmh.
Operation Impact was conducted between Tuesday, December 16 and Saturday, December 20 and focussed on the safety and compliance of logging and other long haul trucks.
Throughout the operation, 336 trucks and trailers were intercepted and 72 defects were issued for brakes, body and chassis issues, oil and fuel leaks and suspension issues.
Out of these trucks, four were grounded and had to be towed away for further repair.
Officers conducted 26 Engine Control Module Downloads, revealing eight trucks that were tampered to allow speeds of more than 100kph.
Fifty-one traffic infringements and 13 Court Attendance Notices were also issued to drivers for being unlicensed or for severe weight, dimension, and load restraint breaches.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Command's Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said it was imperative those who operated logging and other long haul trucks needed to do so safely, in full compliance with heavy vehicle regulations.
"To have officers identify a truck being tampered with in order to allow a speed of 142km/h suggests a serious issue for the long haul sector and the industry generally," Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.
"Obviously maintenance regimes for the driver, operator, company directors and the customers involved are failing, and this won't be tolerated."